From the Downers Grove Patch comment thread, area resident Dan Slayden raises questions Advocates and Julia Beckman refuse to answer:
I am not sure were else to post these questions I have regarding the election issues that have been raised by Mr Jacobsze in his complaint to the Board of elections:
1. A patch story regarding Mr Gorski dropping out of the race that appeared on March 22, 2013 was changed. The first story indicated that there were only 4 candidates remaining so it was an “uncontested” race. It was changed to indicate that if either of the candidates that had withdrawn were elected and refused to act, the Board would appoint a the new member.
2. That change was after “Zoey Chamberlain” commented on the article on March 24th telling people to vote for “anyone but Debbie.” That comment has been deleted as of April 20th. Given the fact that “Zoey” is an alias, It will be interesting to see if Henry can get the Board to supbeona Patch for information about who “Zoey” is. Could it be that someone at DGCA knew about Henry withdrawing before April 6th, as they have stated, and was actually posting on Patch? Here comes the litigation hold?
3. Has DGCA or Julia Beckman produced the signed consent form from Henry allowing them to send out campaign literature on his behalf? If not, oh oh, we have a problem.
4. Isn’t it interesting that DGCA did not file a D-1 for 7 years unti, surprise, Meghan Schroeder filed one on April 16, 2013? Was Ken Lerner really the Chairman until April 16th? DGCA was not reactivated until April 2nd? When did they print those mailers? When did they send them out? All very strange. Can’t wait to see the July 2013 expenditure report for DGCA.
More to come
I spoke with Ken directly about that. As one of the actual founders of Advocates, he quit in 2007 when it became apparent to him the endorsement process was rigged, and the group no longer served the community as claimed.
Ken was never Chairman of Advocates. Stephen Daniels was Chair. Another lie rolled out by Megan Schroeder, another attempt to cover-up and confuse the issue. Neither the Local nor ID numbers are the same from before, so this is a new filing. Is it legal to use people that way?
As Mr. Slayden has pointed out, there are many unanswered questions.
Another commenter raises an interesting question when they said this:
Susan you would have to ask the former Superintendent David Eblen and former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Mary Biniewicz about that. And maybe former School Board President Julia Beckman, who gladly padded both retirement salaries while she was in charge of the Board.
My understanding is she wants to be School Board President again, so she can resume all the bad things she did before. I hope other board members, especially the new Mr. Pavinato, steer clear of her corrupting influence.
Articles here and in the Tribune say election complaints have been filed against Julia Beckman and her group for violating state laws? Shouldn’t she be suspended from participating in our school board until the charges have been investigated?
Questions questions questions. And no answers.
The latest news involves dragging original Advocates founder Ken Lerner back into the web of lies created by Megan Schroeder and Julia Beckman. Ken was Treasurer in the early days when Advocates were a group of residents concerned about the community. He kept the books as Treasurer and filed the required election paperwork with the State Board of Elections. He filed a final statement on January 30, 2006. During that time Stephen Daniels, Library Board President and lawyer, was Chairman of Advocates Caucus 2005.
Now seven years later Megan Schroeder has filed new paperwork for the new Downers Grove Community Advocates NFP and uses Ken’s home address, and lists Ken as the former Chairman and Treasurer, all without his knowledge or permission, and all fabricated out of thin air.
Ken Lerner has no connection to Advocates since he quit in 2007 over disagreements in how Advocates had become a back room political machine that pre-decided who they would endorse, and then rammed those recommendations through the group, counting on get-along-go-along, trickery, and using other members honesty against them.
More as this unfolds. No questions are getting answered, but more are piling up.
On April 15th, Democrat Megan Schroeder signed State election filings admitting the obvious: she is the driving force as both Chairman and Treasurer of Advocates. On the D-1, she lists the
“Village of Downers Grove, DuPage County; Community School District 99; Downers Grove School District 58; Downers Grove Park District”
as areas where Advocates intend to operate as a Political Action Committee.
This raises many more questions than it answers:
First question- How can Megan Schroeder sign a document and date it April 15th, when the Sate Board of Elections received it on the 13th, 2 days prior?
Second question- From which candidates did Advocates collect money, and when did they receive it?
Third question: Why does Advocates continue to list the endorsement of Henry Jacobsze on documents dated April 13th and 15th, well after the complaint was filed with the Illinois Board of Elections he had given no authorization, nor had they received his permission to do so?
More as this unfolds. Below is the filing.
Two of these are elected School Board 99 members. One is also Democrat Party State Central Committeewoman. One is the Advocates main arm-twister-about-town. One is a resident who won’t take anymore.
Can you tell who’s who?
Local Democrat/Advocates throw their Republican /Advocate buddy Bob Barnett under the bus for endorsing Don Jankowski. Pass the popcorn.
This is a not a TEA Party mailer. The short story is Julia Beckman (Democrat State central Committeewoman from Darien, as Emperor Palpatine) and Megan Schroeder (as Darth Schroeder) were furious and this was the result.
This mailer went out to D only households in Downers Grove. It was done through a LaGrange UPS store to hide. It used stamps instead of a bulk mailer to try and wipe off fingerprints of culpability. What they forgot was that some people have long memories, and can understand connections between the obvious. Read the rest of this entry »
I know some Advocates that are good people, but they don’t run the group. Some of them are downright nasty people, and those nasty people are the ones who really run the Advocates show now. They twist the arms, print the flyers, spread the gossip, dig up the dirt and spread the manure. A local oligarchy that squats on Downers Grove, relishing their insider status, and zealously guarding their control over our Village.
This last election cycle Advocates self-declared piety has been exposed again, as nasty people doing nasty things especially when it comes to our School Board. Read the rest of this entry »